On 24th June 2007, the UK’s first closed-road cycling event made its debut, capturing the imaginations of 2,500 eager cyclists, keen to experience their first taste of a traffic-free sportive. Little did they know, their appetite and excitement for this new breed of event would pave the way for a British cycling phenomenon.
Bristol-based TrueStart Coffee, the only coffee in the world designed specifically for sports performance, is the latest brand to join forces with the Great Weston Ride to encourage people to take on a personal challenge and experience the enjoyment and sense of achievement that this popular West Country bike ride offers.
The London Bike Show will play host to some of the world’s best Dirt Jumpers, as they battle it out in the Air to the Throne competition, which is the opening round of the FMB World Tour. Thirty of the world’s best riders will take part in the two-day international invitational, as they compete for a share of the €10,000 prize pot.
A host of British cycling’s most famous and revered names are set to attend The London Bike Show, taking place at ExCel London on 11th – 14th February. Two of the country’s most famous competitive cyclists, Sir Chris Hoy and Chris Boardman, will be joining the show on the Saturday; with around-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont set to attend on the Friday.
Following the rapid sell out of the 2016 Tour of Cambridgeshire Chrono event, the organisers, Very Cool Events Company, have today opened a reserve list.
The 2016 Chrono is set to be a world record with 800 participants currently signed up but, the extraordinary levels of demand have led the organisers to open the reserve list giving hope to dozens of riders who missed out in the initial registration process.
Tour of Cambridgeshire entrants are to be given the opportunity to train under the watchful eye of two of Britain's top professional cycling stars thanks to a joint venture launched today between the UCI Gran Fondo World Series event and coaching company Rowe & King.
The event provides a great platform to raise money for Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Thousands of entrants take on the cycling challenge for charity and wear the yellow jerseys of ‘Team Marie Curie’ with pride.
Each week we keep a track of what the members of our Strava club get up to and report back on who rode the most over the week, who rode the longest in a single ride and who tackled the most ascent. We then post the results of the winners here as a celebration of all the cycling efforts.
Join our Strava club then get the miles in to see if you can take the lead.
The Northamptonshire Police have issued an appeal for a cyclist whom they want to thank for lending them her hi-vis jacket so they could direct traffic after a collision that occured on Thursday 26th November.
Verve Cycling, the designer and manufacturer of the InfoCrank, has entered into a five-year relationship with British Cycling. The partnership is designed to give Great Britain Cycling Team athletes across all Olympic disciplines the opportunity to ride with accurate power measurement capabilities.
The London Bike Show will return to ExCeL London this February, running from Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th. This year’s Show will be bringing a vast array of features, special guests and the latest gear from leading cycling brands to appeal to road, mountain bike, urban and family cyclists.
Jottnar is a brand I had not come across until I was introduced to it by a good friend. Jottnar is a British company who make exceptionally high-quality and technical mountaineering and climbing clothing. So why am I writing about it on a cycling website?
Brand new for 2016 comes the updated Energie GR from online giant Chain Reaction Cycles, a no-nonsense, budget cyclo-cross bike that offers sportivistes a low cost way into the burgeoning adventure-cross market.
I had quite a long break from cycling until five years ago when I returned to the scene, and although technologies had moved on quite a bit as you would expect, one thing did stand out for me – factory wheels. Everywhere I looked virtually every bike I saw had a factory wheelset. Even the upgrades were off the shelf items.
With every supermarket seemingly tripping over themselves to provide low cost alternatives to the consumer, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised at what the folks at Sportive HQ have come up with. A fully fledged, cyclosportive for less than £20.
I think I might be cursed. This ride was based at Ludlow Racecourse, relatively local and in a picturesque part of Shropshire but I have a track record here… with the weather. Last year it was torrential rain in September, this time it was thick fog and light rain. Sorry everyone, my fault.
How things can change. Yesterday I was riding in fog and drizzle, yet today it’s blue skies and bright Autumn sunshine ahead of the revamped and relocated Tour Ride, brought to Worcester by the same team that organise the Tour of Britain, Tour Series and the Women’s Tour among other events. As such, expectations were high, and they had scored a first win with the weather.
Warm, comfortable feet are essential for an enjoyable ride. Exposed to the elements and right in the line of fire of front wheel spray and mud, your feet are under constant attack throughout the off-season. With most cycling shoes designed to keep your feet cool and well ventilated a good pair of overshoes is crucial to keep your tootsies toasty on those cold, and often wet, winter rides.
Endura has an impressive line-up of overshoes to suit any style of riding, climate, and weather. Here’s an overview of the new styles for this Autumn/ Winter
Dark cold gloomy nights and dank mud splattered lanes will soon be the norm for the next five months, whilst training for next year’s events and races in the UK. Spring can seem a long way off to stay focused, but sometimes all that's needed is an escape for a week or two, riding on different roads amongst some beautiful scenery, with the warm sun on your back to boost morale and fitness.
Invariably, unless they are sitting on an Essax saddle, the bottoms of the world’s greatest cyclists sit on a saddle produced in the same factory as all the others - no matter the brand. Essax is different. For a start the Essax Tudons is made in the EU, Alicante in fact. So it was fitting that we collected the Essax Tudons Carbon from just down the road near Murcia. In the recent past, some would say Essax might be a little too avant garde for comfort with their most famed ‘shark-fin’; but the Tudons is, in that sense, very ordinary.
I’m not quite sure how I got invited to join this ride. Like so many good ideas, it started with a drink in the pub with a friend. Having ridden the Rapha Manchester to London ride late last summer, which took us through some glorious parts of England, we were discussing other interesting routes and places to ride our bikes.
A sportive in Scotland at the end of September could go either way, weather-wise. In Scotland, we have weather … lots of it … and so it was a bold decision by the organisers to hold the inaugural Etape Royale so late in the season – but it was a gamble that paid off in spades.
Sportives are a big industry now, with events across the world featuring tens of thousands of riders at their biggest, but every now and then it’s those small local events that can sometimes really stand out in this huge market place we have at our fingertips.